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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 06:17:18 AM »
My Mom had Yuengling in the fridge when I got here, so yes, I did have that already.  It's not bad for what it is, but I can get that at home.

Thanks for the ratio on the key lime mead.  I'll have to give that a try.  I wonder if Meyer lemon would work as well.  Both are less acidic than the normal lemons and limes.

There's a Kelly's in Naples; not sure if it's the same as the one in Key West.  There's a local fish place called Randy's.  I'm hoping to go there tomorrow night to have some Escolar.  I can't get that fish where I live and it's one of the tastiest I've had.  I've already had two different fishes this trip I never had before: black grouper and hogfish snapper.

And I'll +1 Tom's suggestion/request/demand that you bring some of that key lime mead to San Diego.  I'm already getting psyched about that trip.
Well, I booked the conference, I have the room reserved and at least one or two room-mates and a nice customer of mine is giving me some Continental buddy passes, so it looks like I'll be there.
Love some Hogfish.
What beer did you find at Whole Foods?

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:45:02 AM »
Most of those beers come from Florida Beer Company in Melbourne.  They make a pretty good APA (or is it an IPA?) called Swamp Ape, but most of the beers are pretty mainstream.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:40:36 AM »
Same here, funnel and stick.  A bonus is the stick smells really good afterward.

On a side note, I am pretty sure the most heavenly smell in all of brewing
is the air being expelled from the carboy when racking onto these dryhops. 

Wish I could bottle that! 
Why hasn't anyone come up with 'Hop Cologne'?  ;)   I'd wear it!

Perhaps I just need to rub a few hops on my neck before going out for the evening....  lol

I have a small vial of Hop Shave that came from Hop Union a few years ago.  It may have been a give away at the NHC in Florida.  It is real and it smells great to me although I am not sure how attractive it makes me to my lovely wife.  Here's what they say about it on the Hop Union site: "To sum up current uses we even make a hop shave that is quite nice. I like to think of it as an aphrodisiac."

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:23:31 AM »
Damn it, damn it, damn it.  Sparking Key Lime Mead?!?!?  AYFKM?  I really need to rent a car next time here...
Tell me about it, I've been drooling over that one since Jeff mentioned it a while ago.

Jeff, any chance you're bringing some to San Diego?  How many pounds of limes did you use?  I saw key limes in the store the other day (and it made me drool because it reminded me off your mead).  I doubt they'll be as good as the ones you can get, but it might be the only way I can satisfy my craving.
I got a recipe from Joe in West Palm and changed it a bit.  'Not sure he's on the forum.  Originally it was a Mojito mead with mint added, but I skipped that part.  I tasted his in a mead/cider best of show last year and it was delicious.

I added 16 ounces of fresh squeezed key lime juice to a gallon of orange blossom honey and 4 gallons of water, then pitched a big slurry of Thames Valley ale yeast.  It was 23P at the start (mid December) and 1.012 at the finish.  I force carbed it Sunday.  I really like it.

Ingredients / Re: Wild Hops
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:07:05 AM »
There's a brewer on the ProBrewer forum who is growing native New Mexico hops.  Look for posts by wildcrafter here:
What kind of aromas do your hops have?

Beer Recipes / Re: Red IPA - what do you think?
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:43:55 PM »
I would nix the roasted barley and the melanoiden.
I'm not so sure I agree.  The roasted barley at that amount won't add much roastiness, just some red color, which is in his beer's name.  Melanoidin will add some malt complexity.  More crystal/caramel (medium, as bluesman says) will boost the body.

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:25:40 PM »
This is the address for Whole Foods: 9101 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108
(239) 552-5100 ‎
You should be able to find St. Somewhere there if you can't find CCB - it's made near here too.

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:08:07 PM »
Joey from Cigar City says call Total Wine and check Whole Foods, too, but I didn't see that area covered by their distributors yet. 
You could prolly get to Blatz' house quicker than Tampa, but I have a nice Sparkling Key Lime Mead on tap if you make it up here.
Some good beer bars in Sarasota - that's a bit closer.

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:19:46 PM »
OK, whose leg do I have to hump to get a decent beer in Southwest Florida (Naples, to be precise)?  I looked in a few stores and can't find anything local.  I picked up some beer from a place called Key West that looked reasonable.  It was; Sunset Ale is an American Amber style ale, decent hops, nice caramel.  They made a witbier of sorts but it uses key lime instead of orange.  Nice twist.  It works.  Then I look at the fine print on the neck label and see that they're contract brewed by FX Matt in Utica, NY.  OK, it's a nice beer, but it's not from around here.  I'd like something fresh and local.  I'm getting ready to hop in the car and drive three hours to Jeffy's house for some homebrew.  Somebody throw me a life preserver, quick!

Haven't been down that way for a while, but a guick google shows Total Wine has a Naples location. They should likely have Cigar City beers ..... think you'll like them. If not, at least they'll have a decent variety of choices.

Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Sun 9am-9pm

239 649-4979

Carillon Place
5048 Airport Pulling Road
Naples, FL 34105

Yeah, I was just looking up their address when Mark posted.  Cigar City doesn't look like it's available down there yet, according to their site.  I'll check with them and get back to you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:54:38 AM »
Is that Ted Hausotter in the tan jacket?

Ingredients / Re: How to use tea in beer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:51:10 AM »
I use a little in my Wit also, probably less than a half ounce at the end of the boil.  (I'll have to check my notes).  I just over did the chamomile in what used to be a Belgian Strong Golden Ale and now I'm going to have to blend it to make it not so overpowering.  Even if I blend it back so the aroma is right, the chamomile flavor knocks me over.  So be careful.  I added this to the keg a little too aggressively.  The "measure" was one and one half palms full.

Beer Travel / Re: More Scotland.....
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:19:23 AM »
They should have it as a smart phone app.  

They do, and it's very useful. Costs about 5 pounds ($7.50). The UI's a little clunky, but the functionality is great and you can see where yopu are in relation to the pub and how to get there.

How cool is that?

At the risk of sounding noobish, what does 46ppg mean? :X
Gravity points per gallon.  If you had a specific gravity of 1.046, the gravity points would be 46.

The Pub / Re: Kilt wearing
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:37:17 PM »
Anybody remember the Smothers Brothers?
I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy.
I see by your outfit that you're a cowboy, too.
We see by our outfits that we are both cowboys.
If you get an outfit you can be a cowboy, too.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck fermentation ;(
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:18:04 PM »
No worries.  If you like the taste, drink it up.
The last beer I did that to (high initial mash temp) I gave up on the yeast and added brett to it.  It's getting nicer all the time.  (See my photo on the "show us your pellicle" thread.)

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